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The small town of Raton, New Mexico is found around halfway between Pueblo in Colorado, and Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico. No one is quite sure where the name Raton came from, only that it means "mouse" in Spanish. The area Raton inhabits was first explored by Spanish explorers several hundred years ago, although there was no actual townsite in Raton until 1877. The first name for Ration was Willow Springs when it first began as a small stop on the Santa Fe Trail, before changing its name to Otero, and finally, Raton.

When you search for an RV in Raton, you can get a real feel for the Southwest, with iconic architecture reminiscent of the terracotta tile roofs of the Mediterranean, and the ancient Pueblo structures that have changed hardly at all in the thousands of years they have been built. There are fantastic desert landscapes around Raton, and some pretty exciting ways to pass the time in town too. Conveniently located on Interstate 25, Raton is quite easy to get to and from, ideal for exploring the “Land of Enchantment” when you rent an RV.

The Great Outdoors

The great outdoors of New Mexico are largely responsible for the state’s rapidly emerging tourism sector, with its diverse mix of landscapes ranging from barren deserts to alpine forests and everything in between. Raton is in a particularly stunning part of New Mexico, with lots of nearby parks in Colorado and within the state.

Sugarite Canyon State Park is one of many state parks you can visit when you rent an RV in Raton, and it is less the ten miles from town. This unique park was once a large coal-mining camp but has since been left for nature to reclaim. There are flat top mesas, cinder cone volcanoes, and many other geological oddities dotting the park. You can go boating, swimming, and fishing in the two largest lakes, Lake Alice and Lake Maloya, or hike through challenging terrain to old ruins, dense ponderosa pine forests, and wildlife areas. There are places to rock climb, ride horses, and camp in your Raton RV rental by owner.

Capulin Volcano National Monument is a bit farther outside of town, keeping with the volcanic/geological theme of the area. The park protects a now-extinct cinder cone volcano that rises from the ground prominently in an otherwise flat area. The volcano is thought to have erupted over 50,000 years ago, now just a harmless landmark in the rolling grasslands of northern New Mexico. You can hike to the summit of this 8,000-foot-tall cinder cone to enjoy some dazzling views of the surrounding area.

Eagle Nest Lake State Park is over by the town of Taos, home to a massive alpine lake that is great for swimming and boating during the hot summers of New Mexico. The water remains cold and refreshing and is a popular place to go fishing or ice fishing in the winter. You can go hiking, biking, or snowmobiling in the park depending on the season, and bask in the beauty of nearby Wheeler Peak, the tallest mountain in the state.

If you dip over into southern Colorado, you can visit one of the state’s best national parks, Great Sand Dunes National Park. This natural gem is home to epic dunes that make visitors feel as though they have been dropped into the Sahara Desert in Africa. These towering dunes are fun to climb and sandboard down and are incredibly beautiful when viewed against the Rocky Mountain backdrop behind it. You can camp in the park or enjoy any number of Colorado’s parks nearby when you bring your Raton camper rental to Colorado for a few days.

RV Parks

Campgrounds are easy to come by in Raton, or in any part of northern New Mexico for that matter, so when you pick up your Raton motorhome rental, you will have lots of options. Willow Springs RV Park is one place to consider. There are bathrooms, hot showers, spacious campsites, and other basic features at this peaceful camping area outside of town.

Raton KOA is just off Interstate 25, with short walks to town and its restaurants and attractions. At this KOA campground, you are also close to the national monuments and state parks of the area.

State parks are always an option too. Sugarite Canyon State Park is home to just one of the many public campgrounds that will do the trick, with dozens of others waiting to host you should you escape for a road trip around northern New Mexico. There are swimming areas, hiking trails, and stunning landscapes when you choose to “rough it” at one of these rustic campgrounds.

City Sightseeing

Raton is a vibrant community with lots of unique ways to pass the time while you are taking a break from the wilderness areas and parks of New Mexico. Both the El Raton Theatre and the Shuler Theater serve the community of Raton, ensuring that there is an abundance of performing arts and great live music flooding the town on any given night. Shuler Theater has a storied past with unparalleled acoustics in an intimate performance space. This old theater has hosted some internationally famous musicians and bands, making it a premier nightlife destination in Raton. El Raton Theatre is an old Art Deco movie house that retains its 1930’s style while playing modern movies. This historic landmark is recognized for its amazing architecture and old-time atmosphere.

The Raton Museum is a marvelous place to spend the day, for curious-minded travelers and children passionate about learning. The museum masterfully explains the coal mining camps that would later become towns like Raton, with a vast array of subject matter covered by passionate volunteers and curators. All facets of the town’s history can be studied in this small museum space, like the first Spanish explorers, the ancient native tribes, and WWI.

The town is known to host a few exciting events, like the Run to Raton Bike Rally, where hundreds of vendors, dozens of live music acts, and thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts gather to celebrate. Raton is also home to the International Balloon Rally, a hot air balloon gathering held the weekend of July 4th each year.


Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds


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  • Little Horse Mesa Trail, NMSugarite Canyon State Park, NM
  • Reilly and Levsa Canyons, COTrinidad Lake State Park, CO
  • Crater Rim Trail, NMCapulin Mountain National Monument, NM
  • Boca Trail (Crater Vent Trail), NMCapulin Mountain National Monument, NM
  • Cimarron Canyon: Cimarron to Eagle Nest Scenic Drive, NMCimarron Canyon State Park, NM
  • Philmont Road Trail, NMCimarron Canyon State Park, NM
  • Philmont Urraca Trail, NMCimarron Canyon State Park, NM
  • Apishapa, COSan Isabel National Forest, CO
  • West Spanish Peak Trail, COSan Isabel National Forest, CO
  • East Spanish Peak, COSan Isabel National Forest, CO